All Ratings and Reviews for Peter Hudson
Best professor! Class lectures are engaging and he lets students express their opinion. Three really interesting books to read, two short papers, one group presentation, and one final paper, overall just the right amount of work. I like that he has us read and learn about important African American figures that we never typically talk about in our history classes. I think he wants students to think deeply about the text and what the authors are trying to convey. Overall, great professor, very nice and approachable when you need help, and also very funny!
Great GE, not too hard or too much work. The subject matter could be clearer, however, if Hudson could use slides instead of his lecture notes. Most of his lectures consist of around 50% historical facts and 50% the conclusions and opinions he draws from those facts. All in all recommend.
20% Attendance & Participation in Section
20% Midterm Essay
20% Pop quizzes (there's 4 of them, multiple choice, 10 questions each)
40% Final Essay
(Yep, that's right. There's no actual in-class written test for this class. )
If you are considering this class as a GE with Hudson, I would not recommend it ! Lectures were boring and the readings were really hard to get through, in my opinion. Your final grade is based on two papers and my TA graded harshly. The professor didn’t seem particularly passionate or concerned for the student’s learning, which made it hard for me as a non-history major to feel interested or motivated to learn about the material and how it applies to our world right now.
Overall a solid GE choice. I took this class while I was taking Biochem 153A and Physics so I really was not invested in this class whatsoever and managed to get an A still. I don't think I ever did any of the reading and it was fine. I think American history is pretty boring, but it's something most people have spent several years learning about throughout elementary/middle/high school so it's not like the material is anything very challenging. There weren't any ridiculous assignments and my TA was a pretty easy grader. I think that's probably the biggest factor in your experience in this class, so it's good to try to make time to go to your TA's office hours to get help on writing the papers. Showing them you're trying usually tends to help with your grade.
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